March 2014

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 10 Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs This Weekend

10 Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs This Weekend

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for March 27-30
Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Palm Springs Plans Send-Off Party for Forever Marilyn

Palm Springs Plans Send-Off Party for Forever Marilyn

No word on where she will end up after New Jersey exhibit
Palm Springs will say goodbye to the Forever Marilyn sculpture with a party March 27.
Darklands Evolves With New Name, Sound

Darklands Evolves With New Name, Sound

Makes desert debut at Ace Hotel & Swim Club
A change in bass players has brought a name change for Spirit Vine, now known as Darklands, which plays at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club.
Explore Palm Springs: Sunset Limited Arrives

Explore Palm Springs: Sunset Limited Arrives

At one time, eight daily trains carried visitors to the desert city
Led by the brand new E9 locomotive, the Sunset Limited arrived in the Palm Springs Station on March 6, 1955.
Palm Springs Stars in Upcoming 'American Dream Builders' Episode

Palm Springs Stars in Upcoming 'American Dream Builders' Episode

Transform pair of midcentury modern homes in Racquet Club Estate area
Palm Springs will be featured on NBC’s
 "American Dream Builders" March 30 after transforming two mid-century modern homes in the Racquet Club Estate area.
7 Questions with Celebrated Baker, Confectioner Valerie Gordon

7 Questions with Celebrated Baker, Confectioner Valerie Gordon

Makes a point to resuscitate historic cakes
Baker and confectioner Valerie Gordon captivated her audience at the recent Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert by making a mixed berry pie.
Palm Springs Among Nominees for Best Golf Destinations

Palm Springs Among Nominees for Best Golf Destinations

Voters can help pick winner in USA TODAY poll
Palm Springs is a nominee for Best Golf Destinations as part of the 10 Best Readers Choice Awards being promoted by USA TODAY.
Car Buffs Will Find Like-Minded at Desert Concorso

Car Buffs Will Find Like-Minded at Desert Concorso

Saichaie, Sheffler enjoy artistry, craftmanship as car collectors
Car lovers like Coachella Valley residents Bill Sheffler and Len Saichaie will unite at the March 30 Desert Concorso, which makes it SoCal debut in Palm Desert.
'Strut Your Mutt' Puts Canines on Proper Pedestal

'Strut Your Mutt' Puts Canines on Proper Pedestal

Family event raises money for La Quinta Rotary causes
Man's best friend receives a day in the spotlight at the La Quinta Rotary's 'Strut Your Mutt Dog Show and Expo' March 29.
Celebrity Chef Roy Choi Headlines Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2014’s Closing Day

Celebrity Chef Roy Choi Headlines Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2014’s Closing Day

Attendees enjoyed a grand brunch, celebrity chef demonstrations, and craft wine and beer tastings.
Attendees enjoyed a grand brunch, celebrity chef demonstrations, and craft wine and beer tastings.
Epicurean Delights Abound at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert

Epicurean Delights Abound at Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert

The day’s events included a stellar lineup of celebrity chefs, food tastings, and plenty of libations.
The day’s events included a stellar lineup of celebrity chefs, food tastings, and plenty of libations.
'God Loves Uganda' Reveals American Evangelicals Spreading Gay Intolerance

'God Loves Uganda' Reveals American Evangelicals Spreading Gay Intolerance

Academy Award winning director tackles abuse of religious power
'God Loves Uganda' director Roger Ross Williams unveils the evangelical movement's promotion of biblical law as the ultimate law against homosexuality in Uganda.
Desert Concorso Revs Up Impressive Sports Car Field

Desert Concorso Revs Up Impressive Sports Car Field

More than 120 cars will be on display
Desert Concorso makes its Southern California debut with more than 120 vintage sports cars in mint condition March 30 at Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert.
'Extinction Soup' Documentary Exposes Shark Annihilation

'Extinction Soup' Documentary Exposes Shark Annihilation

Shark fin soup considered a delicacy by many cultures
'Extinction Soup' sheds light on the annihilation of sharks and the importance of changing human behavior to recognize killing an important species is wrong.
New York-based Designer Zang Toi Closes Out Fashion Week El Paseo 2014

New York-based Designer Zang Toi Closes Out Fashion Week El Paseo 2014

The highlighted “Designer of the Week” wowed the audience closing night with a theatrical runway performance.
The highlighted “Designer of the Week” wowed the audience closing night with a theatrical runway performance.
Saks Fifth Avenue Takes the Runway

Saks Fifth Avenue Takes the Runway

Soft fabrics mixed with edge defined sophisticated, cosmopolitan looks
Saks Fifth Avenue put its best foot forward at El Paseo Fashion Week 2014 sending the finest of 2014 Designer apparel down the Toscana Country Club Runway Tent.
Superstar Trunk Show

Superstar Trunk Show

Michael Costello and five fellow Project Runway stars gave guests an up-close look at their Spring 2014 collections during a special trunk show and try-on at Fashion Week El Paseo
Michael Costello and five fellow Project Runway stars gave guests an up-close look at their Spring 2014 collections during a special trunk show and try-on at Fashion Week El Paseo
Project Runway Alumni Share Growth Since Show

Project Runway Alumni Share Growth Since Show

TV exposure allows talented designers to fulfill dreams
Project Runway alumni Michael Costello, Uli Herzner, Ari Southiphong, Helen Castillo, Viktor Luna, and Irina Shabayeva share their passions for fashion.
The Superstars of Project Runway

The Superstars of Project Runway

Michael Costello and five fellow all-star designers showcased their spring collections at Fashion Week El Paseo Palm Desert 2014.
Simmering anticipation came to a bubble as fashion’s current “it” man Michael Costello brought five fellow alumni to the runway under the Toscana Country Club Runway Tent.
10 Things to Do This Weekend in Palm Springs

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Palm Springs

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for March 20-23
Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
AIDS Memorial Quilt Documentary Retraces Its History

AIDS Memorial Quilt Documentary Retraces Its History

Cleve Jones will appear at Palm Springs screening
"The Last One", which looks at the HIV/AIDS crisis from a historical perspective, screens at the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs.
Street Seen on El Paseo

Street Seen on El Paseo

The third night of Fashion Week El Paseo featured an eclectic assemblage from 10 hip retailers
El Paseo came alive under the Toscana Country Club Runway Tent as 10 of the street’s finest retail stores and designers showcased their spring collections of jewelry and fashion.
Lantana, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells In Synch With Modernist Looks

Lantana, Hyatt Regency Indian Wells In Synch With Modernist Looks

Contemporary California menu adds to outdoor terrace's ambiance
Recent upgrades to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells’ Lantana and Agave Sunset Lounge have brought it in line with the hotel's new modernist look.
Open Table Ranks Tropicale Among "100 Hottest Restaurants in U.S."

Open Table Ranks Tropicale Among "100 Hottest Restaurants in U.S."

Tropicale Restaurant in Palm Springs has been designated as one of the "100 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S." by Open Table.
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Debut Runway Show

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Debut Runway Show

Nine emerging designers debuted their couture collections
A standing-room-only crowd cheered Runway Tent during Fashion Week El Paseo as nine graduates of California’s FIDM's debut class presented their final couture collections
Greg Bennett Contemporary Art Offers New Look to El Paseo

Greg Bennett Contemporary Art Offers New Look to El Paseo

Grand opening signals chance to embrace abstract pieces
The grand opening of Greg Bennett Contemporary Art March 20 on El Paseo in Palm Desert gives art afficionados a chance to embrace abstract art.
Jim Mullin Debuts JM Couture Collection at Fashion Week El Paseo

Jim Mullin Debuts JM Couture Collection at Fashion Week El Paseo

Store set to open soon on El Paseo
Fashion designer Jim Mullin's debut at Fashion Week El Paseo March 20 will be one of many firsts for his JM Couture line.
Style & Beauty Bash: Pretty on El Paseo

Style & Beauty Bash: Pretty on El Paseo

Hundreds of attendees came to refresh their look for spring.
On Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., stylish attendees of all ages flocked to the Toscana Country Club Runway Tent for Fashion Week El Paseo Palm Desert’s 2014 Style and Beauty Bash.
Roy Choi Brings Passion for Korean Food to Palm Desert

Roy Choi Brings Passion for Korean Food to Palm Desert

Food truck roots have led to headlining Food & Wine Festival Palm Desert
What started as a lone food truck slinging Korean-style barbecue in warm corn tortillas for chef Roy Choi has evolved into a series of restaurants, television appearances and awards.
Sunday's Fashion Frenzy

Sunday's Fashion Frenzy

Pop-up stores point the way to high style.
More than 15 fine designers and retailers set up one-day-only pop-up stores in the tent adjacent to the Runway Tent, giving attendees the chance to try on and purchase their newest spring styles.
Fashion Week El Paseo 2014: Style & Beauty Bash, Fashion Frenzy

Fashion Week El Paseo 2014: Style & Beauty Bash, Fashion Frenzy

Colorful hair designs and trendy fashions sparked the opening of Fashion Week El Paseo 2014 in Palm Desert.
Cheryl Tiegs Adds Runway Buzz to Fashion Week El Paseo

Cheryl Tiegs Adds Runway Buzz to Fashion Week El Paseo

Will join Mariel Hemingway to introduce Cambria's upcoming El Paseo gallery
The buzz surrounding Fashion Week El Paseo will raise a few octaves when sponsor Cambria will celebrate the opening of its El Paseo countertop gallery with a special runway appearance by Cheryl Tiegs.
Le Chien - A Celebration of Dogs & Fashion

Le Chien - A Celebration of Dogs & Fashion

It was an evening full of high style, wags, and all-around smiles.
A sharply turned out crowd of all ages came Runway Tent to support the Humane Society of the Desert and watch as fashion went to the dogs with “Le Chien – A celebration of Dogs & Fashion.”
Adam Pascal Says "Rent" Gave Him False Sense of Success

Adam Pascal Says "Rent" Gave Him False Sense of Success

Singer, actor continues to evolve with new projects
The success of the Broadway smash hit "Rent" gave actor/singer Adam Pascal a false sense of security over how he would be perceived in other projects.
Lily Tomlin Took on the Phone Company With Ernestine

Lily Tomlin Took on the Phone Company With Ernestine

"Laugh-In" break gave comedian chance to explore many characters
Lily Tomlin has portrayed a variety of characters in her comedic life, but none more well known or attention-grabbing than Ernestine.
10 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Palm Springs Area

10 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Palm Springs Area

From great corned beef and cabbage to green beer, here is a list of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the Greater Palm Springs area.
Pearl Harbor Documentary Lets Veterans Say, "One Last Goodbye"

Pearl Harbor Documentary Lets Veterans Say, "One Last Goodbye"

Gives living account of historic moment in U.S. history
"Pearl Harbor, One Last Goodbye", which screens March 16 at the Palm Springs Air Museum, focuses on six survivors who return for the 70th anniversary of the attack.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys Turn Farming Into New Career

The Fabulous Beekman Boys Turn Farming Into New Career

Buying 60-acre property has led to TV show, food brand and cooking books
When The Fabulous Beekman Boys bought their country home in upstate New York, they never dreamed they would plant the seeds for a career as TV farmers.
Inbee Park Considers Kraft Nabisco Championship a Homecoming

Inbee Park Considers Kraft Nabisco Championship a Homecoming

Mission Hills Country Club setting holds special memories
Inbee Park is back to defend her title at the 42nd annual Kraft Nabisco Championship, feeling very much at home after last year's celebratory dunk in Poppie's Pond.
10 Things to Do This Weekend in Greater Palm Springs

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Greater Palm Springs

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for March 13-16
Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Explore Palm Springs: Albert Einstein Finds Refuge

Explore Palm Springs: Albert Einstein Finds Refuge

Brilliant scientist and his wife liked hiking Palm Canyon
Albert Einstein and his wife Elsa came to Palm Springs to escape persecution in Nazi Germany.
Legacy Siam Creates Upbeat Feel at Palm Desert Site

Legacy Siam Creates Upbeat Feel at Palm Desert Site

Legacy Thai Cuisine owners offer one-of-a-kind dishes
Legacy Siam, a new restauarant in Palm Desert, has transformed the formerly shuttered Palm Desert location with a Feng Shui sense of openness and balance.
Michael Costello Will Show Outfits Worn by Beyoncé, Britney, Shakira

Michael Costello Will Show Outfits Worn by Beyoncé, Britney, Shakira

Fashion Week El Paseo is like coming home for Palm Springs designer
Michael Costello returns to Fashion Week El Paseo on the heels of his outfits appearing on such megastars as Beyoncé, Brittney Spears and Shakira.
Strands Hair Color Puts Highlights on Fashion Week El Paseo Opener

Strands Hair Color Puts Highlights on Fashion Week El Paseo Opener

Get pampered during Style & Beauty Bash and then shop at Fashion Frenzy
Strands Professional Hair Color is sponsoring the kick-off event to Fashion Week El Paseo, Style & Beauty Bash coupled with Fashion Frenzy, March 16 under the Toscana Country Club white tent in Palm Desert.
AIG Thermal Attracts Elite Equestrian Field, $1 Million Purse

AIG Thermal Attracts Elite Equestrian Field, $1 Million Purse

Rider Enrique Gonzalez says special bond with horse is vital
The best equestrian riders in the world will compete March 16 in the AIG $1 million Grand Prix at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal.
What is Modernism? Modern With a Bit of Nostalgia

What is Modernism? Modern With a Bit of Nostalgia

Today what we call “modernism” was simply the contemporary architecture of the day
What is modernism? Today, we appreciate and learn from modernism and the modern era with modern-day eyes and a bit of nostalgia.
Sam Harris Injects Music into His Book Tour

Sam Harris Injects Music into His Book Tour

Will sing, discuss autobiography in Palm Springs Library event
After being discovered on Star Search in 1983, Sam Harris’ career blossomed into a string of Broadway musical roles that he has chronicled in his recently published autobiography.
Chelsea Lately's Heather McDonald is One Funny Mother

Chelsea Lately's Heather McDonald is One Funny Mother

Welcomes break in Palm Springs that could include a stop at Trina Turk
Comedian Heather McDonald likes clothes from Trina Turk, so imagine how she feels coming to Palm Springs to perform her act and take a break from "Chelsea Lately".
La Quinta Arts Festival Showcases Stellar Talent

La Quinta Arts Festival Showcases Stellar Talent

Park setting provides ideal backdrop
The La Quinta Arts Festival, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Art Fair Sourcebook, contains the most art talent in one ideal setting.
Karl Rove Says 'Vladimir Putin is Like Tony Soprano With No Charm'

Karl Rove Says 'Vladimir Putin is Like Tony Soprano With No Charm'

Former Bush advisor speaks on White House experiences at Desert Town Hall
Karl Rove spoke in Rancho Mirage March 6 and says Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "thug," and likens him to the infamous TV gangster, Tony Soprano, but "without charm."
Kaye Ballard Exits Stage Left With Farewell Show

Kaye Ballard Exits Stage Left With Farewell Show

Rancho Mirage actress bows out of public appearances with one final performance
Actress and Rancho Mirage resident Kaye Ballard is saying goodbye to the stage in the only way she could - with a live show March 11 at Camelot Theatres.
10 Things to Do This Weekend in Palm Springs Area

10 Things to Do This Weekend in Palm Springs Area

What's on your agenda? Here's our suggestions for March 6-9
Palm Springs Life helps plan out your weekend in Palm Springs and the desert resort cities with concerts, events, restaurants, nightlife, clubs and the world of entertainment only found in the desert.
Hotel Lautner Takes You Back to Mid-20th Century

Hotel Lautner Takes You Back to Mid-20th Century

Renovation stays true to John Lautner's use of concrete, redwood, glass, and steel
Time travel has never been more fun touring the Hotel Lautner, which sits at the end of a quiet residential street in Desert Hot Springs.
Explore Palm Springs: Oasis Hotel to Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

Explore Palm Springs: Oasis Hotel to Palm Mountain Resort & Spa

E. Stewart Williams firm built 1964 addition
The pool and spa at the Palm Mountain Resort & Spa have maintained their original shape from the former Oasis Hotel in 1964.
Nobu Helps Christen New BNP Paribas Open Tennis Stadium

Nobu Helps Christen New BNP Paribas Open Tennis Stadium

First foray into the desert for the acclaimed Japanese restaurant
Nobu makes it first foray into the desert, joining Chop House and Piero's Pizza Vino at the BNP Paribas Open's new Stadium 2 in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Cheryl Tiegs, Mariel Hemingway Will Walk Fashion Week El Paseo Runway

Cheryl Tiegs, Mariel Hemingway Will Walk Fashion Week El Paseo Runway

Dynamic duo will appear March 18 for "Runway Night Street Seen"
Cheryl Tiegs and Mariel Hemingway have added superstar power to Fashion Week El Paseo by walking the runway March 18 in Palm Desert.
Toscana Country Club Cyclists Share Spirit of Adventure

Toscana Country Club Cyclists Share Spirit of Adventure

Members discover a love of the outdoors through shared memorable experiences
A growing and diverse group of cyclists at Toscana have taken their adventuresome spirit to book a pair of biking trips to Burgundy, France.
Kevan Hall Fashion Takes on a New Desert Perspective

Kevan Hall Fashion Takes on a New Desert Perspective

After viewing Sunnylands, designer will showcase his interpretation
Los Angeles fashion designer Kevan Hall has visited the desert many times, but a recent tour of Sunnylands Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage has led to a new fashion interpretation.
The Eyes Have It: Robert Ferguson Paints What He Sees

The Eyes Have It: Robert Ferguson Paints What He Sees

Southern California artist creates stunning landscapes
Robert Ferguson paints from the heart, but also very much with his eyes in preparation for the La Quinta Arts Festival, March 6-9.
Leonardo DiCaprio Buys Dinah Shore House in Palm Springs

Leonardo DiCaprio Buys Dinah Shore House in Palm Springs

Oscar-nominated actor takes over midcentury gem
Oscar-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio has bought the former Dinah Shore home in the La Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs.
Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tourney Rocks to New Fundraising High

Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tourney Rocks to New Fundraising High

Surpass more than $800,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
The jam session of the Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament rocked the Marriott Desert Springs Feb. 28 in Palm Desert.
Bradon McDonald's Fashion Style Reflects His Time on Stage

Bradon McDonald's Fashion Style Reflects His Time on Stage

Project Runway finalist will showcase at Sunnylands Chic
Whether as a professional dancer or watching others strut down the runway wearing his clothing creations, designer Bradon McDonald has never drifted too far from the stage.
Tantoo Cardinal Blazes Trail to Bring Authenticity to Native American Films

Tantoo Cardinal Blazes Trail to Bring Authenticity to Native American Films

Actress will be honored at Native FilmFest
Actress Tantoo Cardinal has blazed a trail both on and off the screen to further the issues impacting Aboriginal people.
Oscar Nods to Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong'o Mirror Palm Springs Picks

Oscar Nods to Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong'o Mirror Palm Springs Picks

Film Festival helps start award-winning path for actors
Matthew McConaughey claimed the Best Actor nod at the 86th annual Academy Awards March 2 after receiving the same distinction at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Fairest of Them All

Fairest of Them All

Be wowed by the wares at La Quinta Arts Festival, the nation’s highest-ranked fine art event
Among the dozens of art fairs held each year across the country, the La Quinta Arts Festival tops them all for its location, ambiance, and quality.
See the Tops in Tennis at the BNP Paribas Open

See the Tops in Tennis at the BNP Paribas Open

Enjoy great athletes, access, and amenities at a spectacular venue
Everything about the BNP Paribas Open is supersized. With world-class players entered, this is tennis at its finest.
Peak Performance

Peak Performance

Soothing sports massages keep weekend warriors and hard-core athletes feeling fabulous
Olympians, pro athletes, and rock stars always hit the performance trail with their favorite massage therapists on staff.
Haute Lunch

Haute Lunch

Fine dining meets high fashion every week at table modeling shows
Fine dining meets high fashion every week at table modeling shows
In the Key of Life

In the Key of Life

South African opera stars to perform at American Documentary Film Festival opening night gala
South African opera stars to perform at American Documentary Film Festival opening night gala
Find Your Chic

Find Your Chic

See the latest creations from the hottest designers at Fashion Week El Paseo
Fashion Week El Paseo is renowned for whipping the stylish into a shopping frenzy. Here’s a guide to getting your hands on the finest pieces from the shows.
To the Follies, With Love

To the Follies, With Love

Catch this beloved Palm Springs institution before its last bow
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies may be closing forever May 18, but in true Follies style, it’s going out kicking.
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90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

90 Days of Summer Romantic Palm Springs Getaway 2014

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couple’s getaway
90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

90 DAYS OF SUMMER Instagram Contest 2014

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!

Each month, a first place winner will be selected to win a fabulous Palm Springs weekend!And, each month, three additional runners up will be selected to win a wonderful Palm Springs area Dining certificate!
2013/14 Best of the Best

2013/14 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the second annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival performances.